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History of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra

The ASYO’s history is unique from any other.  It is a youth orchestra born from a parent orchestra that was born from a youth orchestra itself.  The Atlanta Youth Orchestra was founded in 1945 by members of the Atlanta Music Club.  The ensemble gradually grew to be the professional ASO; however youth education has always been crucial to its mission. 

Nearly thirty years later, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra was founded.  Directed by ASO associate conductor Michael Palmer, the first concert was given on December 21, 1974.  Since then, the youth orchestra has seen only two other conductors, Sung Kwak, and Maestro Jere Flint, who conducted the Youth Orchestra 1979-2014 and was a cellist for the ASO 1967-2014. The ASYO is now excited to welcome ASO Assistant Conductor and ASYO Music Director,Joseph Young, for the 2014-15 season.

During its 40-year history, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra gained national recognition as one of the best youth orchestras in the country. The only American youth orchestra ever to participate in an Olympic Games, the ASYO was a featured ensemble in the 1996 closing ceremonies. ASYO has also been featured on National Public Radio, WABE, and with the rock group, Collective Soul. In the spring of 2015, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra will perform at National Arts Advocacy Day events in Washington D.C., including a performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

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    Sun Sep 04, 2016 | 7:30 PM

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and glo founding artist Lauri Stallings expand their catalog of collaborations of new music and dance as material for exquisite persistence, experimentation, and deep engagement.

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    cloth {field} - scenes from the still world and hereafter

    Wed Sep 07, 2016 | 8:30 PM

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and glo founding artist Lauri Stallings expand their catalog of collaborations of new music and dance as material for exquisite persistence, experimentation, and deep engagement.

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    cloth {field} - scenes from the still world and hereafter

    Thu Sep 08, 2016 | 8:30 PM

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and glo founding artist Lauri Stallings expand their catalog of collaborations of new music and dance as material for exquisite persistence, experimentation, and deep engagement.

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    cloth {field} - scenes from the still world and hereafter

    Fri Sep 09, 2016 | 8:30 PM

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and glo founding artist Lauri Stallings expand their catalog of collaborations of new music and dance as material for exquisite persistence, experimentation, and deep engagement.

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    Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams

    Sat Sep 10, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Join us as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra celebrates Star Wars and More: The Music of John Williams.

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    cloth {field} - scenes from the still world and hereafter

    Sat Sep 10, 2016 | 8:30 PM

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and glo founding artist Lauri Stallings expand their catalog of collaborations of new music and dance as material for exquisite persistence, experimentation, and deep engagement.

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    cloth {field} - scenes from the still world and hereafter

    Sun Sep 11, 2016 | 8:30 PM

    Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Music Director Robert Spano and glo founding artist Lauri Stallings expand their catalog of collaborations of new music and dance as material for exquisite persistence, experimentation, and deep engagement.

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    Sold Out - Season Opening Concert with Special Guest Joshua Bell

    Thu Sep 15, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    We'll begin the 2016/17 season with a special One Night Only performance featuring the most celebrated violinist of his era, Joshua Bell.

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    Atlanta Symphony Ball: Season Celebration Party

    Sat Sep 17, 2016 | 6:00 PM

    A special evening of music and celebration supporting the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

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    Garrick Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninov

    Thu Sep 22, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Music Director Robert Spano leads the opening weekend of the Delta Classical Series with special guest, pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto, always an audience favorite.

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    Garrick Ohlsson Plays Rachmaninov

    Sat Sep 24, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Music Director Robert Spano leads the opening weekend of the Delta Classical Series with special guest, pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto, always an audience favorite.

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    University of Georgia

    Sun Sep 25, 2016 | 3:00 PM

    Music Director Robert Spano leads the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with special guest, pianist Garrick Ohlsson performing Rachmaninov's Third Piano Concerto, always an audience favorite.

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    UK Rocks!

    Fri Sep 30, 2016 | 8:00 PM

    Since the 1960’s British Invasion, we've loved the way the UK Rocks! From legendary bands like Queen, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, to today's imports like Coldplay and Adele, there's something special about British rock.

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